How long have Russian troops been operating in Syria?
The Russia Today dispatch we’ve mentioned earlier shows significant footage of a Russian Su-24 fencer (numbered “26 white”) with painted-over RuAF insignia (a red star) and registration number:
The full blogpost: http://ruslanleviev.livejournal.com/40986.html
Table of contents
• Shipment of aircrafts and personnel
• Russian air force in Syrian skies
• Syrian air force
• The first Russian air strikes in Syria
• The Talbiseh air strike
• Who controls Talbiseh
• The Al-Latmenah air strike
• What bombs are used by the Russian air force?
• How long have Russian troops been operating in Syria?
• Our plans and support for our team
After our previous investigation on the Russian troops in Syria, the situation on the ground has changed significantly. The Kremlin’s official position on our troops in Syria changed just as rapidly. When we published our investigation, one of the marines of the 810th brigade featured in our report, Yuriy Artamonov, was urgently shipped back to Crimea. A TV piece was shot with him telling no one had sent him anywhere and his wife’s account had been hacked to plant information on him being sent to Syria. The piece was aired on Russian national TV channel “Russia 24”.
Shipment of aircrafts and personnel
Mere days later, the official stance changed into “yes, there are our soldiers at the Latakia airbase, but they are just guarding it and preparing it to receive humanitarian cargo.” Since 2013, Russia indeed has been shipping humanitarian aid to Syria from time to time, as evidenced by state contract data. However, the humanitarian aid was shipped by Russia’s Ministry of Emergencies aircraft, namely Il-76 Candids (which are often used to deliver humanitarian cargo), not An-124 Condors (generally used for shipments of heavy vehicles and equipment); the flights went out of Domodedovo and Ramenskoe airports in Moscow. The fact that humanitarian cargo was previously shipped by the Ministry of Emergencies is also evident from this news piece:
The full blogpost : http://ruslanleviev.livejournal.com/40836.html
The Russians have been long-standing and loyal supporters of the Assad regime – both with diplomatic cover and practical support on the ground.
This support appears to have significantly increased with the deployment of some 2,000 military personnel and about a half dozen tanks – of what the New York Times describes as their “most modern” variants – at an airfield near the Assad stronghold of Latakia.
Moscow has been sending two military cargo flights a day to the airfield over the past few weeks, US officials say. Satellite images put out by Foreign Policy confirm what the Institute for the Study of War has called a “game changer” in the conflict.
– See more at: http://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/comment/2015/9/22/russia-ups-the-ante-in-syria#sthash.xDbzoE8z.dpuf
Russia has positioned several tanks at an airfield in Syria, two US officials said on Monday, adding that the intentions of Moscow’s latest deployment of heavy military equipment were unclear. Moscow has come under some measure of international pressure in recent days to be more transparent about its moves in Syria, where the Kremlin has been supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a 4-1/2-year war.
The Pentagon declined to directly comment on the Reuters report, saying it could not discuss US intelligence. But a spokesman said recent actions by Moscow suggested plans to establish a forward air operating base.
“We have seen movement of people and things that would indicate that they plan to use that base there, south of Latakia, as a forward air operating base,” Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis told a news briefing.
Read more: https://news.vice.com/article/russia-just-parked-several-tanks-at-a-syrian-airfield-pentagon-says?utm_source=vicenewsfb
Russia is shipping massive quantities of offensive weapons, materiel and soldiers to Syria.
The massive Condor flights carrying all kinds of supplies now arrive twice a day through Iran and Iraq into Bassel Al-Assad International Airport outside the port city of Latakia. The cargo is for Russian soldiers, not Syrian government forces, but is seen as a build-up to aid Bashar Assad’s embattled regime.
The defense official, briefed on the latest satellite photos of the Syrian coastline, said: “This is the largest deployment of Russian forces outside the former Soviet Union since the collapse of the USSR.”
The only thing surprising about this is that it took so long.
Read more: http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/blog/michael-j-totten/russia-moves-syria